Priest Creek – Steamboat, CO

Lift line view.
This Yan lift has Heron-Poma chairs.
View up the line from the base terminal.
The top station has a vault drive.
Looking down from the summit.
This lift is only used on weekends and holidays as relief for Sundown Express.
Lower part of the lift line.
Bottom station from above.

14 thoughts on “Priest Creek – Steamboat, CO

  1. Donald Reif May 26, 2019 / 2:17 pm

    A Yan return station and Yan towers, but Heron Poma chairs and a Heron Poma vault drive.


    • pbropetech December 11, 2019 / 12:05 pm

      Only one Yan tower. The rest are a different model of Heron, the last before they went bankrupt as far as I know. Steamboat had a few different lifts of different manufacturers that they had replaced the original bottom terminals with Yan for some reason.


      • Donald Reif December 11, 2019 / 1:23 pm

        Christie II was the same story, I think. It was entirely Heron-Poma except for its bottom terminal, which was a Yan. In that case, I think Yan replaced the Christie II loading area when they built Christie III, as the Christie II and III loading terminals shared a center mast.


      • Max Hart December 16, 2019 / 3:37 pm

        The Snowdon Triple at Killington (1973) has similar Heron-Poma towers and crossarms. Not the style seen on the old North Ridge Triple, but a reinforced variant of the crossarm seen on this lift.

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        • Donald Reif January 14, 2020 / 9:36 am

          Now I see the similarity.


  2. powderforever45 November 17, 2019 / 12:21 pm

    I have been going to steamboat for 9 years and I have almost never seen this lift run.


    • Teddy's Lift World January 14, 2020 / 1:28 pm

      On what occasions did it run? Wind hold? Maintenance issues? Skier traffic?


      • Mike B February 10, 2020 / 3:16 pm

        It’s run during Christmas holiday season last couple times I visited. I even took it a few times b/c it was ski-on while the line for Sundown Express spilled out of the corral.


  3. Larry Schroeder February 10, 2020 / 2:24 pm

    I remember when the loading area for Priest Creek was lower near the original Elkhead lift. Both with Heron-Poma equipment. Priest Creek got the Yan bottom terminal when Yan put in the F/G Sundown triple lift.

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    • Donald Reif February 10, 2020 / 3:22 pm

      And Elkhead’s fixed grip quad went in just a year after the Sundown triple went in.

      That at least explains why the lift has a Yan return station while everything else is Heron-Poma. I wonder how many towers had to be removed during the modification.


  4. Collin Parsons March 11, 2020 / 9:49 pm

    When I went to Steamboat for Christmas 2015, this lift ran all the days I was there. It was very crowded with Sundown having a 15-20 minute line at times.


  5. sullivanq March 12, 2020 / 6:00 am

    haha try going to wachussett mountain on a bluebird. 30 minute lift line, minimum. They could really use some more terrain, but the treehuggers won’t let em.


  6. Miles Gately February 27, 2021 / 6:33 am

    This lift has been closed for over 5 years and it finally opened on 2-27-21!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ryan February 28, 2021 / 1:55 pm

      She’s turning today too.


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